A Study Tour of The Indian Cuisine


Package Detailed Itinerary

DUration: 10 Nights / 11 Days.

Destinatio covered::Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Kochi, Thallassary, Mumbai..

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are assisted and driven through the city to our hotel.
Overnight: Jaypee Siddharth (2 nights) .

Day 02 : Delhi

Morning after breakfast we are transferred to the cooking school for 1st class 9.30 A.M to 1.30 P.M After orientation & introduction to Indian food and people, today you will be learning Preparation of following dishes : Starters Potato Chop with chicken/peas filling with variations and mixed vegetable pakoda (Spinach, onion, potato etc.)
Main Course
» Yellow dal ( lentil).
» Chickpea gravy.
» Cauliflower Potato.
» Chicken Rogan Josh dry.
» Indian whole wheat bread (Parantha,roti, naan etc.).
» Vegetable Pulao.
» Mixed Raita (Yogurt).
» Semolina Halwa.
» Vermecilli Kheer.
» Indian Chai (Tea).
Lunch : At the cooking school, we enjoy what we have cooked..

Afternoon – Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Afterwards we take a Rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Old Delhi, passing through Chandni Chowk – arrive at Khari Baoli the biggest wholesale market of Spices in Northern India and also visit a Local Vegetable Market before ending the tour with a dinner at a local restaurant. Please Note:- Red fort is closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday.
Dinner - Swagath or Suvarna Bhawan – South Indian Food .

Day 03 : Delhi/Agra – Drive 200 Kms/5 hours

The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. After an early breakfast we start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 72.5 meters / 80.5 yards into the sky and there are 379 stairs inside the tower and Humayun's Tomb.
Later we depart for Agra, and on arrival check in to your Hotel. Afterwards visit historic monument Taj Mahal, best described as 'poetry in marble' because of its beauty, grace and exquisite workmanship, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Johan in 1630 as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Surely it is the greatest monument of love, and THE wonder of the world. Dinner –at hotel.
Overnight - Jaypee Palace, Agra – (1 Night).

Day-04:Agra/Jaipur – Drive 225 kms/5 hrs

After breakfast, we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal. We depart for Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir, Father of builder of the Taj. On arrival in Jaipur we make a visit to the Food Market. Return to our Hotel. Dinner: To be advised
Overnight – Hotel Shahpura House – ( 2 Nights).

Day 05 : Jaipur

Morning after breakfast we are transferred to the cooking school for 2nd class – 9.30 – to 12.30. Today we learn the preparation of following Vegetarian dishes .
» Traditional Karry (Raw Mango) Chhach.
» Lachha Payaz ( Onion).
» Chilli Curd.
» Dahi Bada.
» Pindi Chana.
» Mughlai Cauli Flower.
» Maharani Pulao.
» Pindi Puri.
» Gulab Jamun .
We enjoy Lunch of what we cook at the School. After Lunch, we drive to Amber Palace. We ride a jeep to go uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colourful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur.
Dinner: At Spice Court Restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 06 : Jaipur/Mumbai/Kochi - flight

After breakfast we are transferred to the airport in Jaipur in time to Board our flight to Kochi via Mumbai. On arrival in Kochi we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day free to relax.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Casino – 2 Nights .

Day 07 : Kochi

Morning after breakfast, we drive to the residence of Nimmy Paul, for a 3rd session of cooking class. Nimmy is a professional cookery instructor for more than twenty years and belongs to traditional Syrian Christian community in Kerala. Nimmy conducts cookery classes. She teaches guests the nuances of traditional Kerala recipes. We enjoy Lunch preparations by Nimmy.
After Lunch, we take a guided tour of the city visiting - the oldest European Church in India "St. Francis Church". Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Vasco Da Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later. One can see the winding streets with mosques and 500 year old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community with ancient roots, a 16th century synagogue, and a palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin.
After the sightseeing tour of Cochin, we return to our Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 08 : Kochi / Calicut / Thallassary: Drive 262 Kms/5 Hours)

Today the day starts early as after an early breakfast we are we are driven to Thallassary where on arrival we stay with the owners of Ayisha Manzil a Heritage House for nights. Here you will be taught to prepare :
» 1 Sea Food dish.
» 1 meat item.
» 1 rice dish.
» 1 type of bread.
» 1 desert.
Dinner and over night at Ayisha Manzil.

Day 09 : Thallasary

Morning again attend cooking class :
You will be taught to prepare :
» 1 Sea Food dish.
» 1 meat item.
» 1 rice dish.
» 1 type of bread.
» 1 desert.
After Lunch we take a round around Thallasary Town.
Thallassery is one of the oldest British settlements in India. This historic town is located at 21 km from Kannur in north Kerala. Thalassery is blessed with abundant natural beauty with small hills, four rivers, number of breath taking cliffs and a beautiful long coastline.
British entered in Thalassery in 1682 with an aim of establishing their trading facilities. They exported spices such as cardamom, pepper, cinnamon to various European countries using Thalassery port. In 1708, British East India Company was established in Thalassery and Thalassery Fort was built on a beautiful rocky cliff. Thalassery port was considered as a significant part for trading and military purposes during British Raj.
The British East India Company built the fort in 1708 to establish a stronghold on the Malabar Coast. In 1781 Hyder Ali, ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, was unsuccessful in capturing the Fort in his campaign to control Malabar. His successor, Tipu Sultan, was forced to cede Malabar District to the British in 1792, at the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Maratha War.
The square fort, with its massive walls, secret tunnels to the sea and intricately carved huge doors, is an imposing structure. The fort was once the nucleus of Thalassery's development. It is now a historical monument.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner at Hotel. Lunch will consist of dishes which we cook.

Day 10 : Thallasary / Calicut / Mumbai – Drive and flight.

Today after breakfast we drive to airport in Calicut in time to board our flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, we check in to our Hotel. Afternoon our experience of Mumbai starts with Gateway of India- Mumbai's most famous monument; this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city.
We continue our tour of Mumbai by visiting the Prince of Wales Museum & Victoria Terminus which is recently added to the world heritage site. This is a city's most exuberant Gothic building look more like a lavishly decorated palace or cathedral than a train station. Our Next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the freedom Struggle of British India. The house is now converted into a Museum. From here we leave for Jain Temple and Hanging gardens and drive past Haji Ali - the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The tomb itself is over eight hundred years old and linked to the mainland by a path that is annually submerged in the high monsoon tide. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghats - a vast outdoor laundry. After the tour we return back to our hotel.
Please Note: - The Prince of Wales Museum is closed on Mondays.

Day 11 : Mumbai /Home

Today we are transferred to airport in Mumbai for our flight back Home.